Town Column : West Tisbury
By the time you are reading this, Passover will have begun and Easter is almost here.
Our town contains a placid pond
Of which our folk are very fond.
Part fishing-hole, part looking-glass,
It pleases people as they pass
To think of how the heart of town
Has otters rushing up and down
Behaving like their daily cares
Are not so different, ours from theirs.
While Mother Nature keeps Mill Pond
Be-turtled, frogged, and amply swanned,
Humanity adds one more beast:
No pond on earth's as well policed.
And pinkletinks, when spring is nigh,
Rehearse and raise their voices high
Then pause to hear their Stabat Mater
Echo back across the water.
The moon in all her summer grace
Beholds the pond: "Is that my face?"
And stops to brush her silver hair
Before arriving at the Fair.
The Mill Pond Monster, we confess,
Is like her sibling in Loch Ness,
Yet somewhat shyer than her sister.
Look - it's her! Oh darn, you missed her.
Amid our landscape gleams Mill Pond,
A gemstone framed by moss and frond -
A wedding ring passed down with pride
From muskrat mom to muskrat bride.
It changes with each passing day,
A real-life canvas by Monet
With which no art thief may abscond:
Our home-grown masterpiece, Mill Pond!
Daniel Waters was West Tisbury Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2009.
The West Tisbury Church will hold a Tenebrae service this evening, April 1, at 7:30 pm. On Easter Sunday morning, a sunrise service will be held at 5:45 am, down Littlefield Lane across from the Polly Hill Arboretum. The 9 am service, held at the church, will include childcare and an Easter egg hunt for the children. There will be a second church service at 11 am. Communion will be offered at all church services.
I have never been to a Tenebrae service before. My Oxford English Dictionary defined it as "matins and lauds for the last three days of Holy Week, at which candles are successively extinguished." Tenebrae is the Latin word for darkness. It sounds beautiful. All are welcome.
Last weekend, Mike and I were among the guests at one of Simone DeSorcy's famous and frequent dinner parties. Sadly, the guests were fewer than expected, as many of those invited had sent their regrets. Still, we made do with small teams for charades during the sherry hour. Unfortunately, the hostess dropped the main course, a hot dog casserole, on the kitchen floor. All was not lost, however, as Simone's dog, Oslo, gobbled up the casserole remains. We feasted on the hors d'oeuvre, of which there was more than enough left. Simone has been kind enough to share the recipe, which I am sharing with you. Enjoy.
Party Corned Beef Loaf
1 can corned beef
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 small onion
1 package lemon Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup mayonnaise
Mix together and chill overnight. Best served cold.*
It was suggested that using 1/2 cup of vinegar might be better.
A reminder from ACO Joan Jenkinson, the 2010 Rabies Clinic will be held Saturday morning, April 3, 10-12, at the Public Safety Building. The cost is $15 per animal. Dogs must be leashed and cats in a carrier. Joan will be on hand to issue dog licenses in case you have forgotten to do so. Vets will be: 10-11 Michelle Jasny and Connie Breese; 11-12 Kirsten Sauter. The Town of West Tisbury and the Animal Shelter of Martha's Vineyard sponsor the clinic.
Later in the day, from 3 to 5 pm, there will be an artist's reception for Wendy Weldon and James Langlois at the Chilmark Library. James has never shown his graphite drawings on the Vineyard before. Wendy's work is better known, but in this exhibition she is allowing us insight into her development of an idea from a color sketch to a small monotype, then small painted panels to larger images. Their exhibition will continue through April.
At the West Tisbury Library, April's artist is Kris Shaffer, who presents "A Book Series." The oil paintings grew out of the artist's desire to investigate certain aspects of painting: light, angles, interesting relationships.
There will be an egg hunt at the library Saturday, April 3, from 10 to noon. The all-day craft table will be set up with materials to concoct a tissue paper bird, imagination unlimited.
Please let Jen Rand know if you are interested in serving on the Police station Building Committee. Drop off a letter to her at Town Hall.
Sharon Gamsby has just returned from Providence, R.I., where she helped her son, Nemo, prepare for the opening of his restaurant, Cook & Brown Public House. Sharon's description, "The opening was a turn-people-away-so-crowded event. The town is abuzz with Cook & Brown - all the other chefs, restaurateurs, and food writers are coming already. The neighborhood is very supportive, full every night." A website will be up soon that will give daily menus, fresh seasonal and most perfect ingredients, so if you are in Providence, give it a try. Despite running errands and helping out in the restaurant, Sharon managed to enjoy some time with her grandson, eight-month-old Omen.
*Don't try this at home. "April Fools" to Simone from her loving friends.